Just walk into Whole Foods and look at their sports supplement section. Plant-based protein powders have nearly as much shelf space as any others. Many want to go plant-based, however they are scared that they won’t get enough protein.
And if you workout/exercise this fear is amplified because not getting enough protein means lower performance and less gains. Or worse yet, losing gains you have worked so hard for over the years.
Plant-Base Protein Sources
Soy protein is one of the tricks of the trade for plant-based protein adopters to get a fair amount of high quality protein. It can be used in many dishes because of its relatively neutral flavor. However, some may have digestive issues in the form of gas with soy.
• Black beans
You can utilize combinations of incomplete proteins to make up a complete protein meal. For instance:
• Beans and Brazil nuts (rice is a weak source of protein)
• Almond butter and sprouted bread
Getting sufficient protein for many who go plant-based is incorporating protein powder. It’s typical for vegetarian bodybuilders to consume up to 40-50% of their daily protein needs through vegan protein powders.
The average person doesn’t need as much protein as that group, but it demonstrates in even the most extreme cases getting enough protein can be achieved.
“Plant-based protein powder supplements can meet the needs of everyday people, athletes, bikini competitors, and bodybuilders alike.”
PDCAAs: Vegan Protein Rankings